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  • Here's The Simplest Reason Lisa Murkowski Likely Won't Support This ACA Repeal Bill

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    WASHINGTON ― Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has all but killed Obamacare repeal, but there’s still one senator in particular who could make it a done deal and nobody knows where she stands: Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:08:05 -0400
  • Hundreds of American medical students stranded in Dominica

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    American students were reportedly stranded on Friday in Dominica after Hurricane Maria leveled the Caribbean island.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:25:31 -0400
  • Mass Killer Scott Dekraai Gets Life In Prison In Case Tainted By Government Misconduct

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    ― Scott Dekraai, the shooter in the worst mass killing in Orange County, California, history, was sentenced on Friday to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than receiving the death penalty, because of government misconduct linked to a jail informant program.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:13:19 -0400
  • Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

    People across Puerto Rico struggled to dig out from the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:28:54 -0400
  • Companies Look to Bridge U.S. ‘Middle Skills’ Gap

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    Companies like Toyota, Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical are all starting or expanding specialized job training programs to bridge the gap in technical skills for "middle skills jobs."

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:16:56 -0400
  • Jeff Sessions' New Chief Of Staff: Mueller's Russia Probe Could Be A 'Witch Hunt'

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    WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed as his chief of staff a former federal prosecutor who has written that the special counsel investigation into the Trump administration could be turning into a “witch hunt.”

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:42:07 -0400
  • George Clooney Explains Hillary Clinton's Presidential Election Loss: Speeches 'Didn't Soar'

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    George Clooney said Hillary Clinton never upped her game during the campaign period.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:51:03 -0400
  • Deadly aftershock, volcanic ash spread alarm in Mexico

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    By Michael O'Boyle and Noe Torres MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 aftershock that shook Mexico on Saturday was blamed for five deaths, spreading fear among anxious residents reeling from a string of natural disasters and interrupting the search for survivors from a bigger tremor earlier this week. The Popocatepetl volcano south of Mexico City sent a column of ash into the sky, capping an intense period of seismic activity including two powerful tremors this month that have killed more than 400 people and caused damage of up to $8 billion. Mexico's capital was shattered by Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake that flattened dozens of buildings and killed at least 307 people.

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:57:36 -0400
  • Anthropologie Accidentally Sold $8,000 Couches for $0 and Twitter Couldn't Handle It

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    They quickly canceled all the orders

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:42:20 -0400
  • Steven Mnuchin Reportedly Under Investigation For Costly Travel

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    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is facing scrutiny from department investigators for using a government jet to travel from New York City to Washington, D.C., sources told ABC News.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:27:09 -0400
  • Dog Hoards Money So She Can Pay For Treats Herself

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    Holly the dog doesn’t beg for treats — she pays for them.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:06:20 -0400
  • Marriott refuses to cancel conference booking by anti-Muslim hate group

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    The Marriot hotel group are refusing to cancel an event organised by one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in America. ACT for America was launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks and it has been accused of existing “to advance anti-Muslim legislation and spread hate speech,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group, which claims to have 750,000 members and 1,000 volunteer groups, is holding its national two-day conference on 2 October in Arlington, Virginia, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:50:41 -0400
  • Tens Of Thousands In Puerto Rico Told To Evacuate Immediately As Dam Cracks

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    About 70,000 people in Puerto Rico’s northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being urged to evacuate immediately Friday after the Guajataca Dam there was found to be in “imminent” danger of failing.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:27:48 -0400
  • Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS

    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:48:00 -0400
  • The Radioactive Puppies Of Chernobyl Are Finally Getting The Help They Need

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    A viral video this week sheds light on a heart-rending situation: The radioactive puppies and dogs of Chernobyl.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:21:07 -0400
  • Think Paul Manafort is about to sink the White House? Hold your horses | Walter Shapiro

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    In legal terms, maybe all that Trump is guilty of is terrible taste in campaign advisers and bad luck with his son-in-law ‘There is only one problem with these liberal fantasies – suggestive incidents do not automatically add up to unequivocal evidence.’ Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:00:13 -0400
  • Monument to designer of AK-47 rifle scarred by sculptor's lapse

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    Workers on Friday cut out part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the Soviet Union's legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after eagle-eyed Russians noticed that it mistakenly depicted a German weapon of World War Two. Just three days ago, the monument to the creator of one of Russia's best known export brands was unveiled with much fanfare in central Moscow. A metal bas-relief behind a statue of Kalashnikov depicts the AK-47 and other weapons all supposedly designed by the engineer, who died in 2013.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:36 -0400
  • California gang members found guilty of killing 5

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two gang members were found guilty Friday of killing five people at a homeless encampment near Los Angeles in a feud involving drug debts.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:27:02 -0400
  • Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast

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    Myanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased "clearance operations" in the border area that have forced more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees to flee for Bangladesh in under a month. The army claims it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:30:19 -0400
  • Forget Cheat ‘Sheet’ — Student Outwits Professor With Enormous 'Cheat Poster'

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    When Professor Reb Beatty of Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College arrived at his accounting class to administer a test last week, he hardly could have imagined that he’d be the one getting outsmarted. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post that’s since gone viral, Beatty explained that he’d told his students that they were allowed to bring in a “3x5” cheat sheet to use during the test. Beatty, however, failed to specify the unit of measurement he was referring to.

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:01:23 -0400
  • 56% of Americans Prefer Obamacare to the New GOP Health Care Plan

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    A new poll finds that 56% of Americans prefer the Affordable Care Act

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:16:16 -0400
  • Glenn Barkley's Ceramics and 5 Other Things We're Coveting Now

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    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:07:53 -0400
  • British man dies as Royal Navy helicopter rescues wife and children from capsized ship near Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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    A British man died and his family were plucked to safety by a Royal Navy helicopter after their pleasure boat overturned while sailing off Puerto Rico in the teeth of Hurricane Maria. The 56-year-old Briton's wife, a 48-year-old Dominican, and their two 12-year-old sons were spotted on top of the capsized vessel waving desperately for help while he was trapped underneath. It was believed the family had set sail from Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, which was battered by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago, and were trying to reach St Lucia. Their vessel, the Ferrel, was a 133ft former survey ship sued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It had been decommissioned in 2002 and recently converted into a pleasure boat. US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown said: "We initially got the call, a vessel in distress, a family of four, north of St Croix, literally in the teeth of a hurricane. "We were obviously concerned. We didn’t ask their names and didn’t ask why they were out there." The US Coast Guard in Miami said the Ferrel sent out an emergency position alert on Wednesday as Hurricane Maria approached Puerto Rico. Rescuers hoist up stranded family Credit: AP The family then issued a distress call saying they were adrift amid 20ft waves and 115 mph winds near Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico's east coast. Communications were then lost with the boat. A search was launched which included the Royal Navy ship RFA Mounts Bay, the US Coast Guard, and US Navy. The USS Kearsage amphibious assault ship, a search plane and helicopters also joined the hunt. In the early hours of the morning a Wildcat helicopter from RFA Mounts Bay spotted an upturned hull, debris, and a life raft in the water, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said. Three people were then seen clambering up on top of the capsized hull and waved for help. They were winched on to the Wildcat and flown to RFA Mounts Bay where they were treated for minor injuries, before being returned to Tortola. Captain Steve Norris, Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, said: "My ship and crew demonstrated exceptional teamwork today to save these lives and I am immensely grateful to them all for their efforts in this operation. "It is with regret that we understand that a fourth individual at the scene is missing, presumed dead. Our thoughts go out to their family." The boat capsized after being hit by Hurricane Maria Credit: AP The body of the man was not recovered and was "inaccessible to search and rescue crews" under the boat, the US Coast Guard said. A spokesman said: "The husband was a British national. The wife was Dominican." Maria's winds had blown the Ferrel about 50 miles from where the distress call was made. Dramatic video footage filmed from a US Coast Guard helicopter showed the woman and two boys, wearing life jackets, standing and waving for help from the hull of their boat, then being rescued by the Royal Navy helicopter. Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico for almost 90 years. The entire island of 3.5 million people was left without electricity and there were warnings it could take months to restore power. At least 33 people were killed on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, homes were destroyed, there was widespread flooding, and communities remained isolated with roads impassable. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan, said: "I got an SOS from an elderly home and it was a text like from a horror movie. "It said if anybody can hear us, please, we are stuck here and we can't get out and we have no power, and we have very little water left. We got there just in time." Experts expected the storm to cause up to $45 billion in damage across the Caribbean, with at least $30 billion of that in Puerto Rico. On Friday Maria, the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month, moved on to lash the Turks and Caicos Islands. Meanwhile Evacuations were underway in two towns in the northwest of the island after a dam began failing in what the government called an "extremely dangerous" situation. Isabela and Quebradillas, towns which are home to 70,000 people, were being cleared with buses "as quickly as they can," the National Weather Service said. The nearby Guajataca Dam holds back a man-made lake covering two square miles, and was built decades ago.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:59:42 -0400
  • Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6

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    At least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26 were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said Friday, adding that hundreds of villagers were forced to move to safer places.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:54:05 -0400
  • Donald Trump Can't Stop Attacking Black Sports Figures

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    Saturday morning, President Donald Trump attempted to rescind a White House invitation he apparently had never extended, when he tweeted that Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry was no longer welcome to make the customary visit to celebrate the team’s NBA championship.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:03:01 -0400
  • These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election

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    The Department of Homeland Security told told election officials in 21 states on Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access their voting systems in the 2016 election.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:00:34 -0400
  • Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying

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    SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing Saturday to a sentence of life in prison plus 50 years for the kidnapping, rape and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:08:53 -0400
  • Protesters against Turkey's president Erdogan again beaten up on US soil

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    Violence broke out at a New York hotel when protesters disrupted a speech by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As Mr Erdogan addressed supporters in Turkish at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, one man shouted in English “You’re a terrorist, get out of my country” before being struck and dragged away. Protesters were seen being hit and pushed by men in suits, thought to be the president’s bodyguards, his supporters or hotel security, before being thrown out of the venue.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:26:10 -0400
  • Matte Black Fall Decor Is The Dark Trend We Need This Season

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    Though it’s no coincidence we’re seeing interest spike for ink-dark hues like matte black since our eyes are now on Halloween, in reality matte black has been trending in the home and living realm for months.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:43:54 -0400
  • Congo president says whoever killed U.N. experts will be punished

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    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Saturday that he would ensure those responsible for killing two U.N. investigators earlier this year would be punished. Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of an independent sanctions monitoring group, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in central Congo on March 12 while carrying out investigations for a report to the U.N. Security Council. "We are determined to ensure that light is shed on the exact circumstances of this crime and to ensure that this horrendous act ... will not remain unpunished," Kabila said.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:23:00 -0400
  • Walmart Wants To Stick Groceries In Your Refrigerator While You're Away

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    Walmart is one of the most familiar brands in America, but are you ready to give them access to your home?

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:07:34 -0400
  • Nibiru: How the nonsense Planet X Armageddon and Nasa fake news theories spread globally  

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    Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse - September 23, 2017. Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by Nasa and other experts as an internet hoax. Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online. End of the world (23 Sept 2017) Of course, this isn't the first time time harbingers of doom have predicted the end of time; Nasa also had to deny the existence of Nibiru in 2012. Throughout history there have been similar claims, but thankfully none of them so far have been proved correct.  How did conspiracy theories about Planet X start? Online chatter about Nibiru began back in 1995 when Wisconsin native Nancy Lieder created the alien-conspiracy website ZetaTalk. Ms Lieder claims to be a conduit for aliens from the Zeta Reticuli star system, 39.17 light years from Earth, who have warned her about the Nibiru catastrophe. The conspiracy theory hasn’t gone away, with so-called Christian numerologist David Meade claiming Planet X is heading in our direction. Meade believes October could see the start The Rapture and a seven-year tribulation period of widescale natural disasters. Why September 23? It has been claimed an unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, September 23, will signal the start of the end of the world.   However, the EarthSky blog notes there will be “nothing unique” about the sun, moon and planets on the date. “In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056,” explains astronomer Christopher M. Graney. Haven’t we been here before? Mars, with Earth visible in background Credit: Getty  This isn't the first time the apocalypse has been predicted: 1844 American Baptist teacher William Miller first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in 1833, predicting he would return in the year 1843. The Millerites were his followers and Millerism became a national movement, however when Jesus didn’t arrive, October 22, 1844, became known as the Great Disappointment. 1997 Twenty years ago, 29 members of Heaven’s Gate, a UFO religious millenarian group, committed suicide with the aim of boarding a UFO they believed was hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet before the supposed end of the world. 2003 Planet X was also supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerian people and was meant to hit Earth in 2003, but never arrived. “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012,” say Nasa. 2011 The end of the world was also supposed to arrive on 21 May 2011, with Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping predicting the Rapture would begin at 18:00 in each of the world's time zones, wiping out nay-sayers with rolling earthquakes as believers ascended to heaven. 2012 Nasa had to debunk an ancient Maya prophecy theory about the world ending back in 2012. The Mayan connection “was a misconception from the very beginning,” astrophysicist Dr. John Carlson said at the time. “The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date." 2015 Chris McCann, leader and founder of the eBible fellowship, said the world would be engulfed and destroyed by a great fire on October 7. McCann said he was "surprised" by the outcome and wrote a blog post entitled: "A response to being incorrect with the prediction that, in all likelihood, the world would end on October 7." What does Nasa say this time? Nasa is confident the world won't end  Credit: AFP Nasa has definitively dismissed wild theories about Nibiru as pseudoscience, issuing a number of statements denying its existence. “Various people are ‘predicting’ that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” say Nasa. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.” They add: “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. “Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.” Nasa fake news and the days of darkness tale A fake news story being widely shared online suggests Nasa has confirmed Earth will experience 15 days of complete darkness in November 2015. Another fake news video claims that Nasa has found Nibiru and confirmed it is heading straight for us. Debunking website Snopes explains the “days of darkness” tale is a “bit of fake news lifted from an older viral rumour” They say that it “had already been around the online block several times before,” adding, “it has long since become an evergreen online hoax — a jape that is typically resurrected a few times a year by dubious websites that simply update the time span for the alleged ‘period of darkness’ and send it winging around the internet again. What do other experts say? Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs and other mysteries for the Ministry of Defence, says “Nibiru doesn't exist”. He adds: “The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity.” Mr Pope told The Telegraph: “I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked eye by now. “Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.” Why are some people so keen to promote this conspiracy? “The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations,” Pope says. “I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity.” Is there anything we should be worried about? “All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru,” Pope adds.  “There have been countless previous predictions of the end of the world. Self-evidently all these predictions were false. September 23 will pass without incident, just as we safely negotiated all the previous dates that had been put forward as doomsday.” Google Home spreads bizarre conspiracy theory A prepper's guide to everything you need to survive the apocalypse  

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:12 -0400
  • Duchess Kate wore a second dress on her wedding day -- here's what it looks like

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    Duchess Kate's Alexander McQueen wedding dress will go down as one of the most stunning in history. The iconic 2011 photograph of Kate in her white gown while looking back at sister Pippa Middleton as they both walked into Westminster Abby will remain engrained in our memories forever. With its intricate lace detailing, extravagant train and V-neck bodice, the look designed by Sarah Burton led to brides wanting similar looks of their own.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:40:00 -0400
  • Twitter Claps Back At Trump 'Withdrawing' Steph Curry's White House Invite

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    Twitter had no patience for President Donald Trump’s tweets this weekend.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:42:59 -0400
  • Last flight home for icon of 'German Autumn' of terror

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    Forty years ago next month, German anti-terror commandos stormed a Lufthansa jet in Somalia, shot its Palestinian hijackers and freed 90 hostages, a climax in a bloody era of far-left militancy. The 1977 Mogadishu raid became a symbol of the "German Autumn" when the state was at war with the "urban guerrillas" of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, and their international allies. On Saturday, the storied old Boeing 737 "Landshut", having quietly rusted away in Brazil for almost a decade, finally came home, destined to serve as a memorial to that turbulent era.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:37:37 -0400
  • 9 of the Best Cities for Oktoberfest—That Aren't in Germany

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    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:25:58 -0400
  • The Latest: Deaf man's family calls for officer's arrest

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a deaf man by a police officer in Oklahoma City (all times local):

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:07:09 -0400
  • Everything We Learned From Russia's Massive Zapad Military Exercise

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    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:04:00 -0400
  • WWE Fans Shout 'That's Too Far' At Racist Scripted Comments In The Ring

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    Pro wrestling has never had any problem trading on racist tropes to arouse the fans, but times may be changing.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:47:09 -0400
  • Day Care Workers Accused of Taunting Boy With Autism as He Cried Under Table

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    Kadericca Smith, 26, and 19-year-old Alexis Henderson turned themselves in to police in Winter Haven, Fla., on Friday.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:34:00 -0400
  • FDA declines to approve J&J arthritis drug sirukumab

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve Johnson & Johnson's rheumatoid arthritis drug sirukumab, saying additional clinical data is needed to further evaluate its safety, the company said on Friday. The FDA's decision is in keeping with an advisory panel's recommendation in August that the FDA reject the drug. The most common causes of death were major heart problems, infection and malignancies.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:23:36 -0400
  • 4 Signs Your Relationship Will Last

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    According to a relationship expert

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:40:59 -0400
  • This Baseball Team Learned There's A Wrong Way To Celebrate Japanese Culture

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    The San Jose Giants, a farm team for the San Francisco Giants, was forced to apologize earlier this month after it shared a tone-deaf tweet to celebrate its annual Japanese Heritage Night.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:40:14 -0400
  • When is the German election 2017 and what time will we know the result?

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    Germany votes this month in the last in a series of elections in key Western countries. The polls are predicting an easy win for Angela Merkel, who is trying to secure a historic fourth term as chancellor. But after shock results saw the rise of political outsiders Donald Trump in the US and Emmanuel Macron in France, Britain’s vote to leave the EU and Theresa May left clinging to power in Britain less than a year later, nothing can be taken for granted. When is is the 2017 German election? German elections are always held on a Sunday, and this year the country votes on September 24. Exit polls are quick and highly accurate, and we should have a pretty clear idea of who has won shortly after voting ends. But the business of coalition building can take much longer, and it could be weeks or even months before a new government is formed. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump during the 2017 G20. Credit: AFP How does the German electoral system work? Germany has a parliamentary system, like the UK, and like our Prime Minister, the chancellor is the leader who can control a majority in parliament. The system is very similar to the British one: there is no US-style electoral college, and no second round as in France. The one key difference is Germany’s proportional representation system, which makes absolute majorities rare. This means the struggle to secure power doesn’t end on election night: that’s when the hard work of forming a coalition begins. As in the UK, the leader of the party which wins the most seats gets the first opportunity to build a government. The German Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany. Credit: Reuters Who are the key parties and leaders? At 63, Mrs Merkel is the “last woman standing” of a generation of Western leaders. When she first came to power, in 2005, Tony Blair was Prime Minister and George W Bush was US president. Mrs Merkel has led her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party to three straight election victories, and is looking for a fourth. One confusing detail is that the CDU doesn’t field candidates in Bavaria, but instead campaigns jointly with its more conservative Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). The two parties automatically go into coalition together, and any seats the CSU wins count towards Mrs Merkel’s tally. They are currently leading the polls on around 40 per cent. The main challenger is Martin Schulz, the 61-year-old former president of the European parliament. An EU ideologue and staunch Brexit opponent, Mr Schulz was hailed as the man who could take on Mrs Merkel when he became leader of the centre-left Social Democrat party (SPD) in March, but his challenge has faded since, and the party is polling around 23 per cent. Profile | Martin Schulz The rival CDU and SPD are currently in coalition together, but are fighting against each other in the election. Both say they do not want a repeat of the current “grand coalition”. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD) was seen as the main threat to Mrs Merkel for much of last year. But support for the party has plummeted in the polls amid infighting and a series of high-profile gaffes.  Björn Höcke, a senior party figure, caused outrage earlier this year when he called for Germany to stop feeling guilty for the crimes of the Nazis. Following that. Frauke Petry, the party’s popular leader, was sidelined in an internal coup earlier this year, and replaced by two joint chancellor candidates: Alexander Gauland, a divisive figure from the far-Right of the party, and the less well known Alice Weidel. The party’s support has dropped to just nine per cent in the polls. Other parties to watch for include the liberal Free Democrat Party (FDP), who were in coalition with Mrs Merkel from 2009 to 2013 and are thought to remain her preferred partner. The party is making something of a comeback since losing all its seats in 2013, and is currently at around eight per cent in the polls. The Left Party, a potential coalition partner for Mr Schulz, are currently also polling around eight per cent, as are the Greens, who could go into coalition with either of the major parties. What is at stake in this election? It is no exaggeration to say this election could have a serious impact on the future of Europe. While the choices are not as dramatic as in the French election — none of the parties advocate a “Dexit” — Germany is the EU’s biggest economy and pre-eminent power. German influence has increased in recent years, to the extent that Berlin often seems the real centre of power, not Brussels. Since his election, Mr Macron has openly courted Mrs Merkel in a bid to re-energise the Franco-German axis that once dominated the EU, and secure her support for far-reaching reforms that could lead to much deeper integration. In the wake of turbulent rhetoric from Mr Trump, Mrs Merkel has declared Europe must take responsibility for its own future, which some have seen as a sign she is ready to press ahead with a European army. Angela Merkel in pictures Will Angela Merkel remain as Chancellor? The polls certainly indicate she will — but after the polls got Brexit and the US and British elections wrong, no one is taking victory for granted, least of all Mrs Merkel. That said, she has made a remarkable comeback since her support crumbled in the wake of her controversial “open-door” refugee policy two years ago. With her personal approval ratings back at levels usually only enjoyed by “African dictators”, in the words of Spiegel magazine, Mrs Merkel has proved that you write her off at your peril.  Still, the feeling persists that a new major terror attack, or a repeat of the Cologne New year sex attacks of two years ago could derail her campaign. Profile | Angela Merkel What will happen if she loses? If Mrs Merkel loses it will be the end of an era, but Germany would probably carry on much as before. The only man who has a realistic chance of beating her is Mr Schulz, according to the polls, and while they differ on certain issues, the two are actually remarkably similar. The head of one of the country’s main polling institutes described Mr Schulz as “Merkel with a beard” earlier this year. In that sense, the German election is very different from those in France, where the gulf between Mr Macron and the anti-EU Marine Le Pen was much wider, or the US, where Mr Trump pledged to overturn much of his predecessor’s legacy — even if he hasn’t actually done so yet. Mrs Merkel and Mr Schulz are much closer in both temperament and policy terms than Mrs May and Jeremy Corbyn. The extremes have failed to break through to the mainstream in Germany. The Left Party, which wants a hard-left agenda similar to Mr Corbyn’s, remains a minor party polling less than 10 per cent. The far-Right AfD has even less impact, because all the other parties have vowed not to go into coalition with it, meaning its only route to power would be a highly unlikely absolute majority — and it’s only on nine per cent. In some ways, it’s a sort of election that has become old-fashioned, with the two main parties fighting to occupy the centre ground. Mr Schulz wants to spend more on social security than Mrs Merkel. She wants to spend more on defence than he does. But they agree on an overall direction for the country. Why should Britain care about the result? The election could have a significant impact on Brexit, and on the sort of deal Britain can secure. Germany is the most powerful voice in the EU, and it has traditionally been one of the UK’s closest allies within the bloc. Mrs Merkel has made it clear she will not compromise on certain key issues such as freedom of movement. But she is seen in Westminster as a pragmatist who will look to secure the best deal for Germany and the EU, and who is not interested in “punishing” Britain. Mr Schulz, by contrast, is an EU ideologue who owes his political career to Brussels and spent most of it there. As president of the European parliament, he made his opposition to Brexit clear. Last year he threatened to impose the “hardest Brexit possible” if the parliament was not given a say in negotiations. While he has not indicated whether he will continue to follow this line now he has moved into German politics, a Schulz victory would be viewed with nervousness by some in Westminster. More generally, Germany is one of the UK’s most important trading partners, and Britain has a vested interest in a stable German economy. Germany is also a key Nato ally, taking part in international air operations against Islamic State, and a vital part of the alliance’s bulwark against Russian aggression in Europe.

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